Brian talks with Hall of Famer Davey Brown Sr. (Jason McConnell Photo)
(Bill W) September 13, 2017 – Brian Brown and the Casey’s General Stores/FVP #21 team had a great showing at the $50,000 to win Tuscarora 50 last weekend at Port Royal Speedway in Pennsylvania. After leading much of Friday’s prelim, the Grain Valley, Missouri driver placed second. In Saturday’s finale, he drove from row six to finish seventh. This weekend will see Brian in PA at the Jim Nace Memorial at Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday and at Bedford Speedway with the All Stars.
This was your first Tuscarora 50. What were your impressions?
What a great event! The fans are always great out there, and it was nice to see them again. We hope to come back to that event as long as we can.
On Friday, you ended up second quick in your group, and third overall.
We were a little bit nervous, because we drew such a late number. Qualifying is very important. I felt our heat race was one of the toughest ones there, especially with Kerry (Madsen) in our group. If Kerry or Lance (Dewease) didn’t win their heat, we would have to win ours. They didn’t do that, and we were able to drive from third to win it.
That qualified you for the Dash.
The car was good all night long. We weren’t perfect in hot laps, but the adjustments that we changed made the difference. We lined up on the front row of the Dash with Lance and win that. We set a four-lap track record there. Honestly, with 56 cars there, and the quality of competition in Pennsylvania…if you win anything, you should be proud. To win the heat and the Dash really set the tone for us.
That put you on the pole of the feature. How did the car feel?
We were kind of dragging the left rear around to start with. I knew driving the car that we weren’t going to last for 30 laps. We had an open red, and Chad (Morgan) and I were able to talk. We made a couple of adjustments that we thought would help. It didn’t change much, but we ran as hard as we could for ten or twelve laps there. Then I backed it down to an eighty-percent pace.
How were you getting through traffic?
I felt like we were getting through traffic pretty well. We thought we had an opportunity to win. We got hung up behind a guy there in traffic and Lance got by us. At that point, we were letting it all hang out. We were able to get beside him and on his rear bumper, but we just weren’t able to get back by him. Overall, it was a solid night to start our PA swing. We wanted to win badly, but to come there with that tough a field, finish second, and have Charlie Garrett there with us…it was a great night.
The format changed for Saturday’s finale. There was split-qualifying to start with.
We drew pretty well, but our hot laps weren’t the best in the world. The guy prior to me in time trials blew an engine and dropped oil on the track. There was a six to eight minute break and they got sawdust down. They had me run around there to make sure it was alright. So it was a little bit sketchy knowing what to expect. Fortunately, we were able to set quick time at the time. I knew that probably wasn’t going to stand, but we ended up third in our group.
Heat finishes determined where you would start the finale.
You had to win it to put yourself in those first three rows. We ran second and that put us starting 11th. The pace slowed down about three seconds. We just weren’t balanced where we needed to be to go forward. We still got up to seventh. I was proud of Chad, Michael, Jordan, Heather and Dad. They all did a great job all weekend long.
This weekend should be busy again.
We’re looking forward to Selinsgrove. I’ve heard it has some similarities to Knoxville, so that will be good. Jim Nace was a friend of Charlie Garrett, so that makes it an important race for us. Bedford on Sunday will be a new track for us too.
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Brian’s win at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Nebraska in 2012 was the eighth of his career there. It was the first since June 27, 2008. The ASCS-Midwest win came over Jack Dover, Lee Grosz, Jay Russell and Mike Chadd.
About Casey’s General Stores
Casey’s General Stores is a Fortune-500 company (NASDAQ CASY) operating over 1,900 convenience stores in 14 states through the Midwest. Known for its “Homemade To-Go” pizza, sandwiches, donuts and bakery items, Casey’s strives to consistently deliver quality gas, fresh kitchen-prepared food, clean environments and friendly service at every retail location. Casey’s is currently the 4th largest c-store chain and fifth largest pizza chain in the United States.
Built on a commitment to quality and delivered with unmatched service, FVP is the confident solution for all of your OEM needs. FVP products are engineered to provide customers with OE quality products that are equal or superior in performance to the major national brands at a competitive price. FVP is proud to carry a full line of high quality oil, air, cabin air and fuel filters, powerful batteries for multiple applications including cars, trucks, SUV’s, commercial, boats and other specialty vehicles as well as automotive chemicals and oil, antifreeze, DEF, hub assemblies, radiators and condensers. To learn more about FVP or to find out where you can have FVP products installed in your vehicle, visit FVPparts.com! FVP…The Confident Solution.
Marketing Partner of the Week – Wormall Civil
Wormall Contracting commenced operations in 1984, primarily as a specialist underground services installation contractor. A period of sustained growth saw the company transform into Wormall Civil, a main contractor now for over ten years, providing quality civil engineering construction services to both private developers and government clients.
Wormall Civil operates throughout the greater Perth metropolitan area and regional WA, having undertaken a number of major projects along the northern coastal strip between Perth and Geraldton and mining/resource developments in the Pilbara, the Mid and North West.
The company's standard of work and positive outcomes for its valued clients has seen it attain preferred contractor status with leading land developers throughout this region. Wormall Civil is also a Tier 1 civil contractor for the state government land agency LandCorp.
Wormall Civil is a third party accredited company to AS/NZS ISO 9001 Quality Management System, AS/NZS 4801 Safety Management and ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems.
This proud WA family-owned and operated company is backed by a strong and stable management team with extensive ground up experience, together with a committed team of qualified civil engineering and project management professionals and dedicated field staff. Visit them online at www.WormallCivil.com.au!
Associate Marketing Partner of the Week – Brown & Miller Racing Solutions
Brian says – “We feel John Harper and the folks at Brown and Miller have the lightest weight, strongest, best looking lines out there. We use them for all our fuel, wing and motor lines. We've had no issues at all, and we've been using them since 2008."
Brown & Miller’s lightweight range of hose satisfies virtually every racing application and their fittings are designed for safety, reliability and optimum weight saving. With an industry standard ProGold convoluted hose system, Smoothbore hose and Adaptor ranges, they have the complete system. To further complement these products, they can also provide custom engineered fittings designed to optimize hose installations where standard fittings may not be suitable. With outlets world wide, there is no excuse to settle for second best! At Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, they maintain the simple philosophy that when our parts are on your racecar, they are a part of your team. Visit them on the web at www.BMRS.net!
Brian Brown Racing would like to thank Casey’s General Stores, FVP, Wormall Civil, Impact Signs Awnings Wraps/ impact4800.com, Champion Brands, Weld Wheels, Ditzfeld Transfer, Maxim Racing, Smiley’s Racing Products, MSD ignition, MC Power, Housby, Searsboro Telephone Company, Next LED Sports, Hope for the Warriors, Factory Kahne Shocks, Arctic Cat, Lincoln Electric, K&N, www.hostiowa.net, FSR Race Products, TI64, ATL Tanks, Wolfe Eye Clinic, Bell Helmets, Hinchman Uniforms, CP Pistons, Carrillo Rods, Vortex Wings, Penray, All Pro Cylinder Heads, Butler Built Seats, AkzoNobel, Kenny's Components, Snap-On Tools, Rod End Supply, KSE Racing Products, Winters Performance, Cometic Gaskets, Shell Shock, Donovan, ISC Racers Tape, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Racing Optics, 5-hour ENERGY, Hoosier Tires, NGK Spark Plugs, XYZ Machining, Brown and Miller Racing Solutions, Red Devil Brakes, Schoenfeld Headers, 6B Apparel, Garrett Racing Engines, and Fortress Wealth Management for all their support!
Photo: Brian talks with Hall of Famer Davey Brown Sr. (Jason McConnell Photo)
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